Welcome to Chicago!

Chicago on a world map

Hi! Welcome to the Children's Public Transit Wallet Card page for Chicago.

Chicago is a city in the state of Illinois, in the United States of America.

In Chicago, locals call their transit system "the L" because the train is elevated and runs on an structure above the roadways. It is run by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA). 

CTA Map PDF Dowload

CTA Map PDF Dowload

On an average weekday, 1.7 million rides are taken on CTA. It runs over a total of 224.1 miles (360.7 km) of track. CTA trains make about 2,250 trips each day and serve 146 stations. 

photo credit: David Wilson

photo credit: David Wilson

PEOPLE:

  • Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, with a population of nearly three million people.
  • Nearly 40 million people visit Chicago annually. 
  • For the six-county area, the 5 most common languages after English are Spanish, Polish, Arabic, Tagalog and Chinese.
photo credit: Marie-Claire Camp

photo credit: Marie-Claire Camp

FUN STUFF:

  • The Chicago River is the only river in the world that flows backward.
  • There are many battling pizzerias that claim they have the best deep-dish pizza in Chicago, the top three are Giordano's, Lou Malnati's and Peduod's.
  • Chicago is home to Lincoln Park Zoo, one of the world’s last free zoos.
  • The Twinkie was invented in Chicago in 1930.
  • In 2009, the Sears Tower was renamed Willis Tower, but the majority of Chicago residents still refuse to call it by its new name.
photo credit: vladimix

photo credit: vladimix

CHICAGO ATTRACTIONS (just some of the favorites!):

From: Time Out Chicago's 25 Best Sights and Attractions in Chicago

Shedd Aquarium

Adler Planetarium

Brookfield Zoo

Grant Park includes Millennium Park

Navy Pier (Chicago Children's Museum is located here as well)

Wills Tower (Previously known as the Sears) and the Skydeck  has it's own site

The Field Museum

Wrigley Field, Home of the Chicago Cubs (baseball!)

Art Institute of Chicago

 

Visiting Chicago with Kids?

Check out the popular site, http://www.chicagokids.com/ for ideas year round. 

 

THE TRANSIT CARD

As of September 2015, the single ride paper ticket is $3.00. Locals buy Ventra cards for single use or a debit-style reloadable card for rides too. 

The CTA uses the Ventra card for CTA fair, here's SO Awesome's card in front, with a real Ventra card in the back for comparison.

The CTA uses the Ventra card for CTA fair, here's SO Awesome's card in front, with a real Ventra card in the back for comparison.


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photo credit: Kevin Dooley

photo credit: Kevin Dooley

photo credit: Teacher Traveler

photo credit: Teacher Traveler

photo credit: Roman Boed

photo credit: Roman Boed

photo credit: Loco Steve

photo credit: Loco Steve

photo credit:  BrentDPayne

photo credit:  BrentDPayne